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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Much Do You Trust Wikipedia? on: August 03, 2013, 02:13:14 PM
Damn - do you know what is truly sad? That I am not even a little bit shocked or surprised by any of this.

Jim
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes Secure Backup Beta launches on: July 31, 2013, 01:18:34 PM
Thanks for your always valued opinion, 40hz!   smiley

Jim
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes Secure Backup Beta launches on: July 31, 2013, 12:10:58 PM
This is available on BDJ today - the Pro version that gives you 100GB of storage. Regular price = $59.95 per year; today's price = $29.95 per year. Although I don’t know if that $29.95 annual subscription rate is only for the first year or for future years too.

Merle One asked the question at the BDJ product page comments section, but no one from Malwarebytes is posting there. (Not a good sign!) Merle posted that the cart states that your renewal price is the same as your purchase price, and he seems to think the discount will continue after the first year, though that seems highly unlikely.

Has anyone used this service? It would be particularly nice if you could use that space for storage as you see fit but I think you have to use their backup software.

Thanks!

Jim
104  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Captor and DCUpdater Problem on: July 24, 2013, 08:49:08 PM
Hi mouser.

I don’t start the updater from the start menu; I have Chameleon Startup Manager start it directly from the Program Files folder.

I checked SSC and it did  indeed have Check for Updates at Startup selected, so I deselected it. I opened dcupdater (which had been open but minimized to the notification tray) and it still had the checkbox and SSC selected. So I exited out of dcupdater completely and restarted it. Now it doesn’t have the checkbox option anymore. Whew!

Here's the thing, though: I didn't change my SSC update settings. It has either always been configured to check on startup or that was recently introduced and is auto-selected upon installation.

Either way, dcupdater has never appeared that way, with the "Check only for SSC Updates" right in the front window.

Thanks for the solution!

Jim
105  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Captor and DCUpdater Problem on: July 24, 2013, 03:20:58 PM
Hi Tom.

Quote
if you start dcupdater from a particular programme it will only search for updates only for that app. AFAIK this has always been the case.

I don’t start dcupdater from any DC program; according to Process Explorer it is started directly from Chameleon Startup Manager.  (Which replaces my startup "folder") And Chameleon starts it from C:\Program Files (x86)\Dcupdater\

I checked the dcupdater.ini file and I can't find anything in there that appears to limit updates to SSC. But that is exactly what dcupdater is doing!

So end result is that I have to check my DC programs for updates manually. Kinda sucks to be tossed back to the days before dcupdater! Oh well... I guess mouser has other plans.

Thanks!

Jim
106  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Screenshot Captor and DCUpdater Problem on: July 19, 2013, 12:16:02 PM
Hi Mouser!

I posted in the DCUpdater forum a week and a half ago but no one seems to look at that forum, so I figured I'd post the issue here.


Here's a link to that post: http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=30528.msg330577#msg330577

DCUpdater stopped updating my DC apps a while ago - not sure exactly when it stopped. Apparently it was after one of the fairly recent SSC updates.  When it finally did appear on my screen with an update a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there is a new setting for it right on the main screen: it says to only look for updates to Screenshot Captor with a checkbox next to it, and the checkbox is always selected. (I have deselected it several times but it is always checked again when I take a look.) When I first found it and deselected it DCUpdater found a slew of updates that I was missing!

Obviously this particular version of DCUpdater is coded somewhere to always check that box and thus only look for updates to SSC and nothing else. This is not a good thing since I have a lot of DC programs installed that had been using DCUpdater to retrieve updates. I did find another instance of DCUpdater installed but it seems that they never run anymore. Only the SSC-specific version runs at Windows startup, while the normal version used to start automatically. Did this crippled (IMO) version replace the normal version in the startup folder?

Anyway, I guess my real question is how do I get the normal version of DCUpdater to run and do away with this goofy SSC version? I say that with the presumption that the "normal" version will find updates to SSC along with the rest of my DC apps. True?

Oh, one other little issue: DCUpdater keeps reporting that there is a different version of the Easy Screencast program on the web but it shows an older version than what is already installed. I would post more details but I am posting this from an iPad and I will no doubt loose this entire post if I try to go back and look at my other post!

Thanks!

Jim
107  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: July 11, 2013, 11:07:40 AM
Last night and this morning it appears that the service was down. No data, no icons, etc. Looked like this:

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Jim
108  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: DcUpdater reports incorrect version of installed app on: July 09, 2013, 10:11:55 PM
Hope it's not a problem to add on to this thread but I am seeing similar issues with dcupdater.

First, I was getting NO update notifications at all so I manually opened the window tonight and lo and behold I see a line there I hadn't seen before: "Only show updates for Screenshot Captor" with a checkbox next to it - checked. Where did that come from? I have more DC programs installed that used to be updated with dcupdater but now it excludes them, apparently intentionally.

So I deselected that box and checked manually (with the big Check Now button) and received updates for three DC programs, including SSC. However after the updates completed that same checkbox was selected again. Why is that? It prevents dcupdater from checking for the other program's updates!

Also, a few other little oddities:

  • Easy Screencast Recorder shows I have version 1.09.01 installed but that a newer version is available on the web... 1.07.01 !
  • Also, it shows that I updated Screenshot Captor from V.4.03 to 4.05, rather than the correct version numbers 4.3 to 4.5.

(Screen cap attached)
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Thanks for any help - when you get a chance. No hurry on these little boo-boos!

Jim

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109  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteZilla on: July 07, 2013, 11:34:48 AM
Dormouse,

Just a couple weeks ago I posted something in a thread about Stickies by Tom Revell and mentioned why I won't upgrade Notezilla. Conceptworld posted back that they will shortly be releasing an update that will eliminate use of the cloud and re-allow using your network for sending notes to others. Don’t know how serious they are but here's a link to their post:

http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=35092.msg329555#msg329555

Jim
110  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WaggleImage on Bits du Jour (Nov 18 2008) on: July 05, 2013, 05:15:33 AM
Ha - me three! Must be  a record!

Jim
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013 on: July 02, 2013, 10:28:09 AM
Thanks for the comment, wraith. Good to hear from someone who has already considered this.

I don’t see the need to abandon Microsoft Windows just yet, but when I try to work out problems on the notebooks I purchased for my daughters - both running Windows 8 - I can see the possibility in the not-so-distant future. I just want to know what I can and can't do if or when the time comes.

Thanks again!

Jim
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013 on: July 02, 2013, 09:26:37 AM
No "Sorry's" allowed here!!

Besides, if at some point I have to move to Linux because I simply refuse to use Windows for whatever reason, then I'll just have to learn to deal. That said it would probably be in my best interest to do what I posted above: Keep my current main box on Windows 7 Pro and setup my previous "main box" with Linux. That way I can take my time and become accustomed to Linux on the other machine; learn what software is available, which ones I prefer, etc. Then if/when the time comes for a complete switch to Linux I would at least be well aware and hopefully as comfortable as I can be with it. As opposed to just committing fully all at once.

Plus this way I can go at a more comfortable pace with Linux.

Thanks again!

Jim
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013 on: July 02, 2013, 08:53:18 AM

Oh well... 40hz - prepare yourself for a lot of questions about implementing Linux!

It's really not that big a deal. Seriously. It's not.

Grab a copy of Linux Mint's Cinnamon edition (or something similar) and just try using it. It's not much different from Windows. Most people that just use their computer for "productivity" will hardly even notice the difference.

I've booted Mint off a live DVD for non-tech types and told them it was an advanced experimental version of Windows that wasn't due out until 2015. And guess what? Most of them loved it. Raved about how nice it looked, how smooth it felt, how it was great to see a familiar desktop environment again, etc. etc. etc. They'd play around with it for a few minutes and were soon off and running, getting things done.

But if I told them it was Linux first, they'd immediately get confused and convince themselves they couldn't use it.

Interesting, no?
 
Suggestion: you have nothing to fear but fear itself. Just give it a try. You'll be amazed how far things have progressed in the Linux world - very much to Microsoft's chagrin.

Well, I don’t think I would want to jump right in with my primary box. If I screw something up I would probably be down for a while until I could straighten it out! Plus I would then have to reinstall all my software (gobs of it!!) and that is when I would find out that a lot of it won't run on Linux. (Is that even a little accurate??)

Best bet is to install it on my last "primary" computer, which was running on Windows 7 Home Premium. It was built in May 2006 but it was fairly high-tech for its time. It has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+, 2200.0 MHz, 4 GB Corsair SDRAM, an nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT w/ 512 MBytes of GDDR3 SDRAM, and three HDDs internal. I haven't used it very much since I got my current machine from Puget Systems in January 2012, but it is in pretty good shape. I wouldn’t have to worry if I put that older computer out of action for a while.

Of course I have to wait until I am somewhat stress-free... I'd hate losing it and kicking it across the room! (My toes can't take that stuff anymore!!   ohmy   Grin  )

Thanks!

Jim
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013 on: July 02, 2013, 07:39:48 AM
Damn! I just saw the article about this at InfoWorld and was looking to see if anyone else had reported it. (Should have known that 40hz was on top of it!).

Truly a shame. Microsoft claims this is a direct result of piracy - mainly sharing of licenses. Continuing to sell subscriptions is pretty crappy IMO, since they aren't mentioning the extremely short life of what is left of TechNet.

Why aren't we surprised at this behavior?

Oh well... 40hz - prepare yourself for a lot of questions about implementing Linux!

Jim
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stickies - Part of the Zhorn Software Donationware Series on: June 27, 2013, 09:46:09 PM
I downloaded the latest version last week - V.7.1e - but twice now it has frozen in my sys tray after running for a few hours. I had to end the process to kill it. I wonder if it has problems with Windows 7 x64.

Jim
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Worst Javascript/other intrusions? on: June 27, 2013, 01:06:38 PM
Really? I haven't noticed any such hit. I do have a fairly monstrous machine though, so that might be the difference.

Jim
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Worst Javascript/other intrusions? on: June 27, 2013, 11:38:54 AM
I use Ad Muncher and neither of the sites mentioned showed any floating ads for me.   smiley

Jim
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stickies - Part of the Zhorn Software Donationware Series on: June 27, 2013, 09:59:04 AM

Hello Jim,

Thanks for mentioning about Notezilla

We will be adding back network support in few weeks. You will be able to send sticky notes via LAN without the need for cloud.

Thanks for everyone's feedback.

Regards,
Gautam Jain

Thanks for the heads-up Gautam! That is good news - and will no doubt cause me to upgrade when that happens. As long as all my notes will still be stored locally and not on your servers. Is this the case?

I know when the new Notezilla version was announced you had said that the cloud version was necessary to offer smartphone versions. I don’t know if you ever got the smartphone apps off the ground - I don’t see anything in the Google Play store. But to be honest I use Evernote for stuff I think I might need available on all platforms. I wouldn’t be using Notezilla on my Android phone also - too many notes in too many different places!

Thanks again!

Jim
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stickies - Part of the Zhorn Software Donationware Series on: June 24, 2013, 11:29:49 AM
I love Stickies!

Though I have Notezilla installed, the current version of it is most likely the last I will use, due to their new version requiring that you use their "cloud" to transmit notes. No more network use allowed in the new version.

Stickies has had the ability to transmit notes via a Stickies Server that is easily set up. I've used Stickies for many years now, and I just reinstalled it when I realized I had forgotten to when I got my latest computer. What a pleasure to start using it again.   smiley

I donated to Tom Revell long before I was even aware of DC. As a matter of fact, I believe that Stickies was the first program for which I sent a donation. Got me off to a good start. I was surprised to see the old forum still there. So many developers have moved to "Get Satisfaction" or ZenDesk for support. It's not posted to very much but it appears that Tom still replies on occasion.

Stickies is definitely a good program that has lasted through the years.

Thank you.

Jim
120  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: June 22, 2013, 01:26:15 PM
Windows 7 x64.

Thanks!

Jim
121  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: June 22, 2013, 12:18:11 PM
skwire, I did configure another location and when I switch to that location the icon changes to the current temperature there. However upon switching back to the first location it doesn’t change. It stayed at the temperature of the second location.

OK I just exited and restarted the app and now it is switching temps with each change, so I guess it requires a program restart before that takes effect. I didn't expect that or I would have done that before now!

Anyway I guess I must keep a second location configured to ensure the temp on the icon changes. I'll have to wait and see if it changes with a refresh without needing to switch locations, though it would not do that before.

Thanks!

Jim

PS- This is a very minor issue, not anything that really affects the current or forecast conditions other than not being able to rely on the temp icon's accuracy, so please don’t put a lot of effort into this for me.  Thanks again!
122  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: June 19, 2013, 12:38:21 PM
Isn't that icon supposed to change to match the actual temperature shown in the program window?

Yes, absolutely, it should.  Does it change if you switch locations?

Don’t know - I only have one location!

Jim
123  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: June 19, 2013, 12:13:21 PM
I don’t know if this has already been mentioned but the temperature tray icon doesn’t seem to change. Yesterday after installing sWeather I placed both icons in the tray. The temp shown was 73 deg. F. Last night I noticed that it still said 73 though in the program window it said 67 deg. F.

Isn't that icon supposed to change to match the actual temperature shown in the program window?

Thanks!

Jim
124  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Zoner giveaway or 50% off on: June 19, 2013, 12:05:13 PM
Anyone still using Zoner?

I purchased all of their programs back when they offered a 90% discount on everything. Then I upgraded to Zoner Photo Studio 12 Pro in 2010. But beyond that they came out with upgrades regularly - whether they had added anything to really justify the upgrades or not. Or so it seemed to me.

I ended up going back to ACDSee Pro after I abandoned them because of their non-support of Windows 7 with a version that was released after Windows 7. (They decided to wait until their next major upgrade rather than fix this in the then current version).

Now I'm back to using ACDSee Pro 3. I purchased ACDSee Pro 5 but it had a lot of issues early on so I still have V.3 installed. In their most current version, ACDSee Photo Pro 6, they dropped support for scanning for Windows 7 x64. Apparently it was buggy so rather than fix it they just dropped it and tell users to use another program for scanning, then open ACDSee Pro after scanning. That has more than a few users pissed of in their forum! Especially since it doesn’t appear that any of the other major photo program developers ran into any similar scanning problems.

I still get all of Zoner's promotional emails and I'm wondering if anyone here has any comments, good or bad, about it.

Thanks!

Jim
125  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: June 18, 2013, 11:42:17 AM
Wow!

I don’t know why I haven't noticed this before. Excellent program Skwire!

Thank you very much for this!

Jim   smiley
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